History Literature / TheLottery

20th Jun '17 6:56:30 PM Chariset
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* ConditionedToAcceptHorror: The townspeople. They assemble for the Lottery just because it's traditional, and once they themselves are safe, they dismiss the protests of the likely victim (who can see the noose tightening around her neck) as the plaints of a SoreLoser.



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: The townsfolk are noticeably relieved when the chosen sacrifice is one of the adult Hutchinsons, rather than one of the children.]]

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: The townsfolk are noticeably relieved when the chosen sacrifice is one of the adult Hutchinsons, rather than one of the children.]]



* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:The majority of the townsfolk. Friendly, seemingly normal people... who don't bat an eyelid at stoning someone to death]].

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* FauxAffablyEvil: [[spoiler:The The majority of the townsfolk. Friendly, seemingly normal people... who don't bat an eyelid at stoning someone to death]].death.



* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: Tessie is sacrificed. Why? Because that's how they do the lottery. ]]
* InfantImmortality: {{Subverted}}. [[spoiler: In-story, it's {{played straight}}, but when someone draws the spotted paper, everyone in their family must draw again to see which one of them will die-even the ''toddler.'']]

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* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler: Tessie is sacrificed. Why? Because that's how they do the lottery. ]]
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* InfantImmortality: {{Subverted}}. [[spoiler: In-story, it's {{played straight}}, but when someone draws the spotted paper, everyone in their family must draw again to see which one of them will die-even die -- even the ''toddler.'']]''



* JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's laundry list of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].

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* JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's laundry list of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].do.



* NobodyEverComplainedBefore: The lottery continues to exist because no one questioned it until now. It's implied that it was once a sort of harvest ritual from many ages ago; "Lottery in June, corn be heavy soon."



* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw. Mothers putting stones in their kids' hands.]]

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* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw. Mothers putting stones in their kids' hands.]]



* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: The youngest person seen taking part in the lottery is a tiny toddler who needs to be coaxed up to the box and requires a responsible adult to hold his paper for him.]]

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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: The youngest person seen taking part in the lottery is a tiny toddler who needs to be coaxed up to the box and requires a responsible adult to hold his paper for him.]]
16th Apr '17 5:25:14 PM nombretomado
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It is probably best known today as [[SchoolStudyMedia a staple of American junior high/middle school literature classes]]. It has been adapted into many kinds of media, such as radio, one-act plays, short films, a 1969 ballet, and a successful 1996 MadeForTVMovie. {{Shout Out}}s in other media are not uncommon, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as well as ''SquidBillies''.

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It is probably best known today as [[SchoolStudyMedia a staple of American junior high/middle school literature classes]]. It has been adapted into many kinds of media, such as radio, one-act plays, short films, a 1969 ballet, and a successful 1996 MadeForTVMovie. {{Shout Out}}s in other media are not uncommon, such as ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' and ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' as well as ''SquidBillies''.
''WesternAnimation/{{Squidbillies}}''.
8th Jan '17 6:45:50 AM Chariset
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* OriginalPositionFallacy: No one strenuously objects to the Lottery except the winner. The rest of the townspeople actually get ''more'' comfortable with proceedings once it's clear that someone else will win.
4th Oct '16 11:27:26 AM CaptEquinox
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* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw.]]

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* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw. Mothers putting stones in their kids' hands.]]



* UncannyVillage: At the beginning of the story, you'd think the town was located somewhere in {{Arcadia}}. About halfway through the story we start getting hints that the lottery may be something darker than 'just a tradition...'

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** Jackson based the story on folklore she'd been reading concerning human sacrifice and the scapegoat in traditional cultures. There was an incident involving which of two brothers would be it -- that's where she came up with drawing lots. So it ''was'' real, just transplanted to modern America.
** She even received a letter from a woman who had relatives in a Holiness church called the Exalted Rollers, saying that a similar story was told in that faith, but more as a warning about atomic war as punishment for sin.
* UncannyVillage: At the beginning of the story, you'd think the town was located somewhere in {{Arcadia}}. About halfway through the story we start getting hints that the lottery may be something darker than 'just a tradition...'' It's more like LovecraftCountry, and was based on her own town.
20th Jun '16 11:29:11 AM PurrElise
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"The Lottery" is a short story written by Creator/ShirleyJackson, first published in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' in 1948.

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"The Lottery" ''The Lottery'' is a short story written by Creator/ShirleyJackson, first published in ''Magazine/TheNewYorker'' in 1948.
11th Apr '16 6:01:57 PM Adept
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It's June 27th. A small American village of roughly three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, the titular lottery, consists of selecting a family, then an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake. [[spoiler:Cue the stones.]]

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It's June 27th. A small American village of roughly three hundred people has prepared for this day as if it were another celebration, like a square dance or a Halloween program. This event, the titular lottery, consists of selecting a family, then an individual, from the slips of paper concealed inside a splintery black box which has been used many times before. The winner (in this instance, a woman) is surprised to be selected and protests that she doesn't deserve the prize, but the whole community, impelled by the weight of tradition, insists on giving it to her. After all, a good harvest is at stake. [[spoiler:Cue Cue the stones.]]
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17th Feb '16 8:21:35 PM vifetoile
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* AssholeVictim: [[spoiler:Tessie]], who was perfectly happy with the lottery right up until it started to look like she might "win."



* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tessie is sacrificed to make the corn harvest plentiful.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Tessie's]] protests that the lottery "isn't right" are somewhat reasonable... if, earlier, she hadn't been perfectly happy to let the lottery proceed as it always has.

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* HumanSacrifice: [[spoiler:Tessie [[spoiler: Tessie is sacrificed to make sacrificed. Why? Because that's how they do the corn harvest plentiful.]]
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[spoiler:Tessie's]] protests that the lottery "isn't right" are somewhat reasonable... if, earlier, she hadn't been perfectly happy to let the lottery proceed as it always has.
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* ItsAllAboutMe: Tessie is happy to let the Lottery proceed until she thinks it might select ''her''.



** Tessie is completely correct to insist that what's happening is neither fair not right. She's just [[ItsAllAboutMe wrong]] about ''[[RightForTheWrongReasons why]]'' it's not right.



* MoralMyopia:
** Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has... up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]
23rd Sep '15 10:22:09 AM Nathanoraptor
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* AffablyEvil: It's not entirely clear whether the townsfolk count more under this than FauxAffablyEvil below. The whole scene has a very polite, middle-class Americana sort of feel about it, and it's heavily implied that they find at least some parts of the Lottery distasteful and wouldn't do it under any other circumstances, but continue to do it here because, well, it's tradition. To some readers, this thought makes them ''more'' creepy.

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* AffablyEvil: It's not entirely clear whether the townsfolk count more under this than FauxAffablyEvil below. The whole scene has a very polite, middle-class Americana sort of feel about it, and it's heavily implied that they some find at least some parts of the Lottery distasteful (and Old Man Warner is certainly cynical about its meaning) and wouldn't do it under any other circumstances, but continue to do it here because, well, it's tradition. To some readers, this thought makes them ''more'' creepy.



* EvilOldFolks: Old Man Warner is one of the Lottery's staunchest supporters. He thinks that the other towns who don't do this sort of thing any more are all a pack of fools. Although he does think they're doing the ''[[DoWrongRight ceremony]]'' bit wrong.

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* EvilOldFolks: Whilst not exactly evil, Old Man Warner is one of the Lottery's staunchest supporters.supporters (even though he's cynical about its actual role). He thinks that the other towns who don't do this sort of thing any more are all a pack of fools. Although he does think they're doing the ''[[DoWrongRight ceremony]]'' bit wrong.
18th Jun '15 4:41:01 AM corruptmalemenace
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* AffablyEvil: It's not entirely clear whether the townsfolk count more under this than FauxAffablyEvil below. The whole scene has a very polite, middle-class Americana sort of feel about it, and it's heavily implied that they find at least some parts of the Lottery distasteful and wouldn't do it under any other circumstances, but continue to do it here because, well, it's tradition. To some readers, this thought makes them ''more'' creepy.



* CultureJustifiesAnything: "There's ''always'' been a Lottery."



* EvenEvilHasStandards: [[spoiler: The townsfolk are noticeably relieved when the chosen sacrifice is one of the adult Hutchinsons, rather than one of the children.]]
* EvilOldFolks: Old Man Warner is one of the Lottery's staunchest supporters. He thinks that the other towns who don't do this sort of thing any more are all a pack of fools. Although he does think they're doing the ''[[DoWrongRight ceremony]]'' bit wrong.



* ItsAllAboutMe: Tessie is happy to let the Lottery proceed until she thinks it might select ''her''.



** Tessie is completely correct to insist that what's happening is neither fair not right. She's just [[ItsAllAboutMe wrong]] about ''[[RightForTheWrongReasons why]]'' it's not right.



* MeaningfulName: Mr. and Mrs. Delacroix, which means "Of the cross" in French.

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* MeaningfulName: Mr. and Mrs. Delacroix, which means "Of the cross" in French. There's also a family named Graves, whose patriarch helps run the Lottery.


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* NonindicativeName: Many of the townsfolk have names with pleasant, harmless connotations. The Lottery Official is named Mr Summers, for example.


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** Not that [[spoiler: women being stoned to death for no good reason]] ''isn't'' something that happens in the modern world, of course. In some places, it's even the case that laws permitting such acts really are only kept around because of tradition.


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* WouldHurtAChild: [[spoiler: The youngest person seen taking part in the lottery is a tiny toddler who needs to be coaxed up to the box and requires a responsible adult to hold his paper for him.]]
3rd May '15 1:33:26 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The boys stacking stones in the beginning.
** More than just them. On second reading, it's remarkable how many times stones are mentioned.

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: The boys stacking stones in the beginning.
** More than just them. On second reading, it's remarkable how many
Stones are mentioned several times stones are mentioned.long before the revelation of the Lottery's ending.



** There is hope, though. Mention is made of towns stopping the custom (much to [[TheCynic Old Man's Warner]]'s disapproval).



** JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's laundry list of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].

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** * JerkassHasAPoint: Old Man Warner's laundry list of complaints against society actually come off as somewhat reasonable, [[spoiler:considering what it's implied the mayor is using the lottery as an excuse to do]].



* MoralMyopia: Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has... up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]

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* MoralMyopia: MoralMyopia:
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Tessie seems well and eager to let the lottery proceed as it always has... up until [[spoiler:her chances to get stoned to death suddenly become very likely.]]



* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: [[AdultFear Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw...]]]]

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* PeerPressureMakesYouEvil: [[spoiler: [[AdultFear Babies smiling as they pick up pebbles to throw...]]]]throw.]]
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